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Remodeling Contractors

Becoming The Handyman Of The House

For most homeowners even the simplest repair may seem daunting. They can be baffled by something as routine as changing a light bulb. Small wonder now that we are converting to fluorescent lamps from the old incandescent, in an effort to go “Green.” They don’t even follow the same rating system they we are all familiar with. The question becomes “where to begin?” But this article isn’t about light-bulbs, it’s about stepping back, taking a deep breath and putting your brains together with your muscle to tackle the basic home maintenance tasks that most of us must cope with routinely. With a little effort you’ll build the confidence to take on that leaky faucet or broken window.
Sizing up the job: Adding a garbage disposal, changing a ceiling fan or light switch, or replacing a window screen all involve the same process: selecting the proper tools and materials, and learning the necessary steps to completing the task at hand. So the first thing is to do a little research to find out the proper technique specific to the job.
Troubleshooting the problem: Developing good troubleshooting skills is vital and begins with acquiring knowledge of how things work. You cannot isolate a problem if you don’t understand how a particular system and it’s components are intended to function, whether were talking plumbing, electromechanical or structural systems. You can start by doing a little online research. You’ll find a number of useful sites for the rookie or the expert. Once you have a basic understanding of how “it” works you can begin the process of isolating the location of the defective part of other difficulty. Water leaks are often easy to spot.
Getting advice: Project clinics are offered at home improvement outlets like The Home Depot and Lowe’s. Check their schedules for upcoming events and plan accordingly. Community Colleges also offer useful adult education courses. Your public library can be a good source for reference material. This will provide you an opportunity to review texts that you may eventually want to add to your personal collection of how-to manuals. This could save you money by avoiding unnecessary purchases. If you are repairing a minor problem with one of your home’s appliances you can often refer to a technical support number for assistance.
Size matters: You’ll find that when it comes to nuts & bolts, plumbing & hardware parts or building materials, you name it there can be a variety of sizes and grades to meet the needs of every job. When it comes to replacing parts that you understand there may be an assortment and not all are interchangeable. Call ahead before going to the local hardware and builder’s supply to determine your specific needs. Take the old part along for matching purposes just to be sure. The fact that fasteners come in Metric and SAE standards as well as fine and coarse thread can necessitate a return trip that wastes time, gas and energy.
Selecting the proper materials: There are often different grades and quality of parts and materials. This is true of lumber, drywall, plumbing, electrical and most other types of construction materials. The pipe specified for your project will depend on whether repairing/replacing/installing a gas, water-line, or drain. There are many factors to consider. Develop a rapport with your local hardware store and you’ll find a wealth of knowledge at your disposal. Most businesses pride themselves on providing you with the basic knowledge in addition to quality customer service. Helping you get the job done right insures a happy customer and repeat business for the merchant.
Safety First When attempting to do any type of home repair you should always make safety a top priority. Following common sense rules such as – always using tools for their intended purpose – is the simplest way to prevent unnecessary injury. When you are working on plumbing or electrical circuits you will always want to shut off the power or water supply. Turning off power at the breaker box will insure against electrical shocks; simply turning off a wall switch before changing a ceiling lamp or fan does not properly interrupt the supply. When changing a faucet it may be possible to use a shut-off valve located below the sink. For other jobs it may be necessary to turn off the supply to the entire house.
Always consult the safety instructions when using power tools. Be sure to use the right tool for the job. This means selecting a durable tool with enough capacity for the job. A broken tool can result in injury or damage. A quality tool is worth the price and can provide years of faithful service if cared for properly. While using a ladder, it is best to follow standard rules of safety, and never exceed your ladder’s …

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Home Remodeling

How Remodeling My Bathroom Helped Me Sell My House

In the sad and depressing time of the real estate market downturn, trying to sell my house was like wading through a river of lava wearing a pair of moccasins- I was getting burned! There were three other houses in my neighborhood that were all up for sale for the same price, but they had been recently remodeled. What was I going to do to make my house stand out among the crowd? I knew that there was one room in my house that could use some updating, so I decided to get in on some Salt Lake City bathroom remodeling.
Renovation or Repair
First thing was first; I needed to decide whether to repair the bathroom I had or completely renovate it. I invited a friend of mine over to take a look at it for me to give me his opinion. He said, “Renovation”, and I said, “Okay”. Apparently there were too many outdated fixtures and the decor was retro- the bad kind- so repair wouldn’t have done anything to increase the worth of the property.
Doing It Myself
Since I was trying to keep things within a tight budget, I decided to do the work of bathroom renovation myself. Sure, I would ask my contractor friend to help out when he could, but I was going to do most of the work myself. I knew a little bit about cabinet re-facing, fixture installation and lighting so I knew I could at least do those things. Due to the confidence in my abilities and ideas, I knew that this Salt Lake City bathroom remodeling project would be a breeze.
It wasn’t- I decided to call a contractor.
It took less than a month to do the work, and I found a great contractor at Homeshow Daily. He was pre-screened and he also had some great design ideas that helped things go smoother; otherwise the renovation would have taken a year rather than just a month. I was very grateful for his services. He was like my renovation guide- my bathroom guru.
The End Result
Once the Salt Lake City bathroom remodeling project was complete, I added, “remodeled bathroom” to my house listing and the calls started coming in. People wanted a bathroom that was brand new, and it showed in the offers I received. People from all over Wasatch and Salt Lake City, Utah were calling and offering above what I had listed originally.
In the end, the Salt Lake City bathroom remodeling was exactly what my home needed to it did- quickly.…

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Renovation House

Help Around the House – Handyman Services Are Your Solution For Projects Large and Small

Not every homeowner has the time, tools, or talent to take care of every repair, installation, or maintenance issue that comes up. That’s why you need to call your local handyman service provider. For homeowners who need a hand with just about any type of project, inside or out, a handyman is just the thing. Whether you’re tired of nagging your spouse to deal with that mile-long honey-do list or you just aren’t confident in your ability to tackle a complicated job-think electrical repair-handyman services are a great way to enlist the assistance of a skilled professional. For a full spectrum of electrical, plumbing, construction, painting, and maintenance tasks, call your area handyman!
Projects both large and small can benefit from the help of a professional. You may not realize it, but all those little annoyances around the house-you know, squeaky doors, leaky faucets, burned-out lightbulbs, sticky drawers, unhung pictures-are all jobs your handyman can take care of. Stop dealing with all these frustrating little problems with one single phone call; you’ll be amazed at how simple and affordable it is to have an expert repair all these small household issues.
Of course, handyman services are also great for big projects that you lack the skills and expertise to tackle. Interior remodeling, exterior painting, drywall repair, electrical installation, and water heater repair are all great examples of services you might want to have your handyman handle. Sure, you could attempt a DIY installation or repair, but you’re likely going to be happier (and safer!) if you hire a professional. Calling a handyman service connects you with a single source for total home maintenance and repair, a great option if your project involves several fields (like drywall, carpentry, and painting) or you need several services performed (gutter cleaning, window repair, and exterior painting).
Let professional handyman services take the stress and hassle out of all of your household projects. Contact your handyman today for assistance with just about any project around the house. One call and your home will be in great condition ASAP!…

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Home Renovation

Prepare Your House to Avoid Winter Damage – Roofing

It seems like we just can’t ever get away from home maintenance. If you own your home, you can always plan on preparing it for the summer and winter. It seems like we’re never going to be able to get away from this, so let’s just do it.
One of the most important parts of your home, that need to be prepared for this coming winter, will be your roofing. If your roof isn’t ready for the winner, there is a good chance that your home will suffer. How much it actually sufferers, is going to depend largely upon the condition of your roof.
The best time to check your roof is going to be before it rains or snows. Once the roof becomes damp, it’s going to be difficult to walk on and inspect. The best time to inspect any roof for damage is going to be when the roof is dry. I never recommend going up on a wet roof, without any experience. Even if you’re planning on inspecting a dry roof, you should still be extremely careful.
If you haven’t ever had any problems with your roof and it’s still in good shape, there’s a good chance that you won’t have problems in the near future. The older the roof the more time you should spend inspecting it.
Remember to keep one thing in mind, when you’re inspecting your roof. You’re going to be looking for any types of damage to the roofing, metal flashing, pipes that are protruding out of the roof, gutters and general wear and tear on the roofing shingles.
If any one of these items have any cracks, gaps or any other type of damage, these issues should be addressed to prevent any possible damage from water leaking through your roof, into your attic, through the ceiling and onto your flooring, during the winter months.
The more that you prepare your house for the winter, the better your chances will be for surviving through it. Remember that the roof protects your house and if it isn’t in good shape, you could find yourself dealing with some big problems.
A little preparation goes a long way, especially when it comes to home maintenance.…